Archive for August 24th, 2011

August 24, 2011

ARF Honors Teen Volunteers Tonight

A pizza party will be held at 5 Guys Flippin Pies on Wolcott Rd from 5:30 – 7 pm tonight to honor Erin Ward and Brianna Smail for their dedication to the Animal Rescue Foundation.

Imagine that you’re in charge of raising $500,000 for a local charity. Not just any charity, but one that helps save dogs and cats from being destroyed. Imagine that this charity directly helped you for years and because of a fire this help has stopped. That’s what happened to me in November 2008 when a fire destroyed the Animal Rescue Foundation in Terryville, CT. As Chairman of Fundraising and as an Animal Control Officer I needed help desperately.

Anyone that knows me knows that I will not work with anyone with a negative attitude with it comes to fundraising. It’s too easy to give up and agree that the goal is too far out of reach and can’t be done. I had to surround myself with upbeat positive people to help achieve this outrageous goal. Brianna Smail was ARF’s very first volunteer to step up and help. I never heard the words “no” or “I can’t” from

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August 24, 2011

Road Construction Report

Route 69 in the North End of town will continue to be slow as the State DOT continues to re-align the intersection with Woodtick and Long Swamp Roads. A section of Wolcott Rd. has been dug up exposing a dirt section lined with cones at Long Swamp. Expect a slow traffic pattern at the busy three street intersection as vehicles negotiate the dirt roadway. Local businesses including A Little Bite of Everything, Harold’s Country Store, and J & M Pizza are open.

Woodtick Rd. may also see delays as brush is cleared and fill is placed just south of the intersection. Eventually, Clark St. will be turned into a dead end and a traffic light will be placed at the new intersection. Wolcott Rd. will be physically moved about 15 feet to the west. This project is expected to be completed before winter.

Work in the Industrial Park has begun this week. Cocchiola Paving has begun placing drainage culverts and piping near the intersection of Tosun and Nutmeg Valley Roads. Those structures are on the roadway as the company begins to improve drainage in the area.

Truck traffic may still pass through the area, although the intersection will be limited to a single lane at times.

This project is part of an ongoing commitment to improve drainage in the low lying area, as well as reconstruct the road and lay new utilities. Federal grants are funding the bulk of the project and the project is expected to take approximately three seasons.